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Peter Lovesey , Clive Anderson
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30 April 2013 Peter Diamond Investigation

Peter Diamond, head of the Criminal Investigation Division in scenic Bath, England, is investigating the murder of a young woman whose body has been found in the canal, the only clue to her identity a tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth. For Diamond, who wouldn’t know a Stradivarius from a French horn, the investigation is his most demanding ever.
Meanwhile, strange things are happening to jobbing violist Mel Farran, who finds himself scouted by a very elite classical quartet—one whose previous violist disappeared without a trace. Despite the mystery shrouding the group, the chance to join is too good to pass up, and Mel finds himself in a cushy residency at Bath Spa University with the quartet--and embroiled in the unusually musical murder investigation. As the story unfolds in fugue-like counterpoint, Peter and Mel both learn frightening secrets about fandom and about what it takes to survive in the cutthroat world of professional musicians.
Peter Lovesey has been hailed by the critics as "superlative," "a master of the genre," "never puts a foot wrong" and the Peter Diamond series as "one of the most enjoyable police series around." This new case for the much-loved detective will bring new praise and much satisfaction for his legions of fans.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Audiogo; Unabridged edition (30 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620649241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620649244
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 12.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Lovesey was born in Middlesex and studied at Hampton Grammar School and Reading University, where he met his wife Jax. He won a competition with his first crime fiction novel, Wobble to Death, and has never looked back, with his numerous books winning and being shortlisted for nearly all the prizes in the international crime writing world. He was Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and has been presented with Lifetime Achievement awards both in the UK and the US.

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One of his best...Vivid characterisation and convincing dialogue confirm Lovesey's reputation as a master storyteller (Daily Mail)

In true Lovesey style, this book will keep you guessing until the last page (Sussex Life) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The new Peter Diamond case in which the Bath detective solves a perplexing case with an international reach --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond brilliant! 11 May 2013
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Yet another Peter Lovesey bang on target. Keeps you guessing right till the end. As a Bathonian myself, it is always great to recall the places that Diamond and his detectives visit and the man himself is excellently characterized. I like the humorous touches that enliven the dialogue and Diamond's thought processes and the full roundedness of the peripheral characters. This novel's musical background was really enjoyable too. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tooth Tattoo 11 Dec 2013
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The body of a young Japanese girl is found in the river in Bath. Peter Diamond - for a variety of reasons - believes it is a murder case though at first sight it could have been an accident or a suicide. A prestigious quartet of classical musicians has taken up a period of residency at Bath Spa University.

Diamond has quarrelled with Paloma and they have parted company following a Third Man themed weekend in Vienna. Why does he think there is a connection between the body in the river and a shrine to a similar death of a Japanese girl in Vienna several years before?

This is an excellently well plotted mystery with well-drawn characters and brilliant dialogue. Few writers in this or any other genre can beat Peter Lovesey for dialogue. I found this mystery kept me reading late into the night because I wanted to see how all the various strands fitted together and precisely who the murderer was.

If you like crime novels with interesting backgrounds - Bath is a character in its own right this one as in most of the Peter Diamond mysteries - then try this. It can be read as a standalone novel or as part of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Orchestrated 4 July 2014
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The Tooth Tattoo centres around a quartet of classical musicians ‘The Stacatti’ - a group so lovingly described I felt I wanted to see and hear them. At times it also felt like two totally different stories, so good were the bits about The Stacatti, I almost groaned when it got back to far less interesting (than usual) sections in Bath, focussing on the murder of a young Japanese woman and Peter Diamond’s rather unlikely relationship with Paloma.

It is always good when you work out who ‘dunnit’ based from the clues and storytelling but even better when you don’t. I won’t say which I did as anything could be perceived as a spoiler to a keen Peter Lovesey reader. But suffice to say I enjoyed it very much even if I think a few loose ends weren’t tied up at the end and it was just a tad too contrived for me to give 5 stars to. But for the musical sections alone I am tempted to upgrade my 4 to a 5 … (I wish I could give it 4.5)

More about The Stacatti please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a pity 13 April 2014
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I've always considered this author to be on a par with the 1930's Golden Age writers and the vast bulk of his output would bear witness to this. I've been reading Mr Lovesey since the days of Sgt Cribb. I've read all the Diamond series from book one about 25 years ago. This is a very strange book. The first 90% is very well written indeed and I devoured it. Sadly the last 10% is a major let down. Imagine that the author gave a dozen lesser authors his book without the solution to the mystery and asked each one to write their version over thirty some pages. If he then reviewed them and chose to use the least credible most unsatisfactory contribution then that I'm afraid is how it seems to me. Trust me when I say I could offer two or more better solutions to this mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Cracker from Peter Lovesey 3 July 2014
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Always a good yarn, Peter Lovesey is well worth a read - writes about real places nd always a twist at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Lovesey novel - Peter Diamond 1 July 2014
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Another excellent Petet Diamond novel
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Concept! 22 Mar 2014
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It is only in the past 12 months that I have discovered Peter Lovesey. I started with the first book and, although not particularly drawn to the character of Peter Diamond at that point, I persevered. By the third novel I was 'hooked' and have subsequently read them all in sequence. What I have found particularly engaging is the way in which Lovesey contrives to present each novel from a different angle; taking for each one a particular theme with which I have found it very easy (as someone who has qualifications in both English literature and classical music) to relate. With each novel I have marvelled at the new direction in which Lovesey has taken the narrative; so different from the usual sequence adopted by the majority of crime writers.

With 'The Tooth Tattoo' I believe the author has reached a new height. Once I started reading I could hardly bear to put it down. I picked it up at every available moment, let mundane tasks go unheeded and eventually stayed up all of one night to finish it. I found myself at times exclaiming out loud, ‘What fabulous writing, what meticulous research, what a wonderful book!’

Why then only four stars? The ending has left me seriously puzzled! No matter how many times I reread the last few pages I cannot make any sense of the time sequence on which the denouement depends. All I will say to perspective readers is, read it for yourself and see if you encounter the same problem. Nonetheless I believe it is a suburb book; it deserves to be read and savoured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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Well up to standard and full of intrigue!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My wife loved it.
Published 22 days ago by PATRICK J MATTHEWS
4.0 out of 5 stars You settle down in the chair and are rewarded with ...
You settle down in the chair and are rewarded with an interesting tale well told. (Not 5 stars because some of Diamond's ignorance grates and is unreal (Harry Karry instead of hari... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ransen Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
I have read all the Peter Diamond series and thoroughly enjoyed most of them The one previous to this - offhand I can't remember the title - was spoilt by the foul-mouthed... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ann Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars murder with a musical bent
I enjoyed this book and think I might have got even more from it had I a better knowledge of string quartets and the music mentioned in the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M R Ashby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Another triumph for Peter Lovesey. Again holds attention to very end, with usual unexpected twist as to "who did it.".
Published 4 months ago by Kate Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars A must to be read.
Peter Lovesey has done it again but this time with bells on, not particularly fast paced but what a fantastic read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by old man of life.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great return to form
The latest novel featuring the churlish Superintendent Peter Diamond represents a welcome return to top form for Peter Lovesey. Read more
Published 6 months ago by James Brydon
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